Testing Positive

Last updated: March 10, 2022 at 9:56 AM

There is no stigma associated with testing positive for COVID-19. In fact it’s very important that you let the appropriate people on campus know immediately if you do receive a positive test result. This way, steps can be taken to keep those around you safe, as well as monitor your own health.  

Wellness During COVID-19: coping strategies and and quarantine resources

On-Campus Students

Isolation protocols for COVID-positive and close-contact students in residence halls will be determined on a case-by-case basis, following clinical, CDC and Massachusetts Department of Public Health guidance. The Brandeis Contact Tracing Program will communicate with students about where and how they will isolate, and for how long. Many students will be able to isolate in their own rooms. Decisions about isolation housing will be made based on clinical factors and available space. Students should expect to isolate for 10 days and be prepared to move to isolation housing, as determined by the contact tracing team.  

Off-Campus Students

Faculty and Staff

Supports For Students Testing Positive

On-Campus Students

The Dean of Students Office is also ready to support you. They may be reached at 781-736-3600. 

Meals

You will pick up meals from the outdoor pick-up location near Usdan; all meals should be ordered using the Bite app.

Academics

As long as your health allows, plan to continue working on your classes while in isolation. Upon entering isolation, please notify your instructors and ask for ways to participate remotely.

If a student has a quiz or exam scheduled during their expected isolation or quarantine, students should inform the contact tracing team that they would like assistance with arranging for the assessment to be taken remotely. Student Accessibility Support will reach out by email to assist. Students should arrange directly with their faculty members to receive class materials for classes that are missed due to required quarantine or isolation, just as they would do for any other illness that required them to miss a class.

Health Center

The Health Center, in collaboration with the local board of health, based on testing results, dates of exposure and symptom assessment will make a clinical determination regarding the date of release from isolation (for both on-campus and off-campus students).

The Health Center and Brandeis Counseling Center (BCC) are available for telehealth services and will assist in coordinating care with health care providers and arranging delivery of medications.

In case of an emergency, Brandeis will arrange transportation to a local hospital.

To leave isolation, you must receive approval from the Health Center.

Off-Campus Students

The Dean of Students Office is also ready to support you. They may be reached at 781-736-3600. 

Do not come to campus. Isolate in an off-campus location.

Health Center

Contact the Health Center or your own health care provider to coordinate your care and treatment. The Health Center is available for telehealth services.

The Health Center in collaboration with the local board of health, based on testing results, dates of exposure and symptom assessment will make a clinical determination regarding the date of release from isolation (for both on-campus and off-campus students).

Counseling

The Brandeis Counseling Center (BCC) is available for telecounseling services if you are isolating in the state of Massachusetts and can assist you in finding support if you are isolating outside of Massachusetts.